Fuel Tank Filler Door 99 Camry

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Old 01 Oct 2006, 12:10 pm   #1 (permalink)
Clay
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The fuel tank door on my mom's 99 Camry will not open because the
spring broke. This is inconvenient because one person has to lift the
opener handle while another person has to pry the door open.
It will be a day or two before I can look at the problem she has with
her Camry.
What needs to be done to replace this spring or what ever pops the door
open? The latch and cable are not the problem.

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Old 01 Oct 2006, 03:06 pm   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know if Toyota will sell you just a bent, flat piece of steel.
That's all it is.

You can fabricate one out of a variety of flat spring stock or mount a
small coil spring in its place.



Clay wrote:
> The fuel tank door on my mom's 99 Camry will not open because the
> spring broke. This is inconvenient because one person has to lift the
> opener handle while another person has to pry the door open.
> It will be a day or two before I can look at the problem she has with
> her Camry.
> What needs to be done to replace this spring or what ever pops the door
> open? The latch and cable are not the problem.


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Old 01 Oct 2006, 03:13 pm   #3 (permalink)
David In NH
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<johngdole@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:1159733165.642187.150690@e3g2000cwe.googlegro ups.com...
>I don't know if Toyota will sell you just a bent, flat piece of steel.
> That's all it is.
>
> You can fabricate one out of a variety of flat spring stock or mount a
> small coil spring in its place.
>
>
>
> Clay wrote:
>> The fuel tank door on my mom's 99 Camry will not open because the
>> spring broke. This is inconvenient because one person has to lift the
>> opener handle while another person has to pry the door open.
>> It will be a day or two before I can look at the problem she has with
>> her Camry.
>> What needs to be done to replace this spring or what ever pops the door
>> open? The latch and cable are not the problem.

>


I had the same problem on my '98 Camry LE but didn't lose the little springy
piece. It was a piece of metal that was folded in half and sprung out from
that position. I put it back in place behind the door hinge and attached it
on both sides with cable ties and it has been fine for a year or more.


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Old 01 Oct 2006, 06:13 pm   #4 (permalink)
Mark A
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"Clay" <claytonjaystory@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> The fuel tank door on my mom's 99 Camry will not open because the
> spring broke. This is inconvenient because one person has to lift the
> opener handle while another person has to pry the door open.
> It will be a day or two before I can look at the problem she has with
> her Camry.
> What needs to be done to replace this spring or what ever pops the door
> open? The latch and cable are not the problem.
>


The spring assembly on my 98 Camry recently broke (actually the plastic base
broke), and I took it to the dealer and they sold me a new one (a metal
spring mounted on a plastic base) for about $4.

In the meantime, if you have an old credit card (or anything like a credit
card) jam in right edge of the fuel door and then pull up on the release
lever inside the car. That will usually open the fuel door when you don't
have a friend to help you.


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Old 02 Oct 2006, 11:55 am   #5 (permalink)
Ron Lee
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In article <1159722639.558222.246640@h48g2000cwc.googlegroups .com>,
"Clay" <claytonjaystory@yahoo.com> wrote:

> The fuel tank door on my mom's 99 Camry will not open because the
> spring broke. This is inconvenient because one person has to lift the
> opener handle while another person has to pry the door open.
> It will be a day or two before I can look at the problem she has with
> her Camry.
> What needs to be done to replace this spring or what ever pops the door
> open? The latch and cable are not the problem.


The spring can be purchased at a Toyota dealer for a few dollars. To fix
it you will need a screwdriver of sufficient length to be able to push
on the spring with the fuel filler door open at a 45 degree angle. Takes
just a few seconds. I fixed this on my '99 Camry last year.

Ron
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